With 90% of patients achieving at least 20/40 vision and 99% of patients obtaining 20/20 vision, LASIK eye surgery is perhaps the most effective way at improving one’s vision. And with an overall satisfaction rate hovering around 95%, patients remain satisfied. Yet even with these amazing results, patients still have one looming question: What’s the ideal age for LASIK?
LASIK Eye Surgery Under 18
Because vision and eye shape is constantly changing in individuals under the age of 18, many eye surgeons refuse to perform LASIK on younger patients. In this case, patients should continue to get regular eye exams in order to maintain good vision with the help of contacts or eyeglasses.
LASIK Eye Surgery Between 18 and 25
Although vision continues to change into the early 20s, some candidates between the ages of 18 and 25 may find LASIK a viable option to improve their vision. Because of these changes, some surgeons may suggest that these individuals wait until at least the age of 25 or older.
But If the patient’s vision has changed little or not at all in the past few years, they may become a candidate for LASIK. In addition, military personnel and athletes may also garner consideration for surgery depending on their circumstances.
LASIK Eye Surgery Between 25 and 40 – The Ideal Age
If an ideal age existed for LASIK, experts would agree it’s typically in the 25-to-40 age range. Like some younger candidates for the surgery, a constant prescription is a telltale sign that LASIK is a sound choice. In this age range, candidates have a higher rate of success, as well as fewer chances for any complications. Dr. Alexandra Chebil has performed over 70,000 vision correction surgeries in her private Orange County Lasik Center located in Newport Beach. See our prior patients.
LASIK Eye Surgery Between 40 and 60
Between the ages of 40 and 60, vision may start to deteriorate, primarily due to a condition called presbyopia. Starting in middle-aged individuals, presbyopia is a loss of elasticity in the eye, which can cause farsightedness. That’s why you might find yourself reaching for a pair of reading glasses.
However, this doesn’t necessarily eliminate you from LASIK candidacy. If your family doesn’t have a history of eye ailments and you’re in relatively good health, you may still be a possible candidate for the surgery.
LASIK Eye Surgery Over Age 60
The opportunity to become a LASIK patient is less likely over the age of 60, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely disqualified. If you still have a clear vision (for the most part) and don’t have any major issues, doctors may still consider LASIK as an option. However, those with cataracts probably cannot receive the surgery, even if they receive a cataract procedure. In most instances, refractive eye surgery such as LASIK can damage the cataract procedure, meaning that those that fall into this category may have to rely on glasses.
While some age groups may find LASIK more beneficial than others, each range of patients can potentially find benefits from the eye surgery. However, you should always consult with Dr. Alexandra Chebil to see if you’re a potential candidate. If you qualify, don’t hesitate to schedule LASIK and take one step closer to crystal-clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.